Dean Davis: Member Spotlight Nov. 18, 2019

Dean Davis:
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems,
AIAA LA-LV Council Member & STEM K-12 Chair

“Living with and overcoming severe health conditions to pursue the Aerospace Dream”

In my 41 years in the aerospace industry, I have worked for almost every major aerospace company including Boeing, Martin Marietta, General Dynamics, Lockheed, Arianespace, Airbus, TRW, Honeywell, Hughes, Raytheon, Computer Science Corporation, Lockheed Martin, and now Northrop Grumman.

Over these years, I have worked on over 400: fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, spacecraft, launch vehicle, satellite, space exploration human habitat, space exploration robotic, missile, submarine, aircraft carrier, cruiser, destroyer, armored vehicle, directed energy weapon (DEW), renewable alternate energy, tracking/telemetry/commanding (TT&C), Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Intelligence, Reconnaissance & Surveillance (C5ISR) systems.

Even though I am in incredible pain every day (due to surgical and medication complication for treating life-threatening asthma attacks and their consequences), I fight my way past the pain and “Seize the day (Carpus Deum)”. When I’m feeling like I can’t go on any further, I remember a speech I heard years ago from a quadriplegic titled “It’s not what happens to you…It’s what you do about it”. He was right, yes, I’ve gone through a lot of challenges, but I don’t let those issues define who I am. I choose to be defined on what I can do to contribute to my family, my country, my world, and my society, not my handicap.

I am a Virgo who loves aerospace engineering, operations research, systems engineering, astronomy, geology, physics and science fiction. I love amusement parks, aerospace museums, air shows, hot air balloons, and cruises.

I love playing “Mr. Science” to students young and old, so, I am also a science and engineering teacher. Because of this, I am the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) Los Angeles/Las Vegas Section K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) Educational Enrichment Chairman.

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